Allison Maze

Meet Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

As if we needed another excuse to beat the winter blues, today Pantone announced its 2015 color of the year — drumroll, please — Marsala! While it’s more subdued than colors of years past, the warm, earthy, full-bodied hue is forecasted to make its way into fashion, beauty, and home furnishings within the next year. In fact, we’re already seeing it crop up in storefronts and makeup aisles, so today we’re sharing a few ways to cozy up your decor with this new color trend.


Nearly-neutral Marsala offers just enough color to pump up a color scheme without overpowering it, which is why it’s so great for layering. Touches of Marsala on the lamp, rug, and pillows comfortably combine with indigo, cream, and wood tones in this living room.


Dare to embrace Marsala’s bolder, more elegant side? Try an eye-catching wall treatment. These red-wrapped walls may look like leather, but they’re actually covered in a stitched red fabric that was glazed and buffed.


If you’re not ready to fully commit to Marsala, start with an accent piece. This white and wood foyer gets a pop of color thanks to the simple addition of a wine-red chair.



Tell us! What do you think of Pantone’s 2015 color of the year? How will you decorate with Marsala?

BHG Guest Blogger

5 Tips for Using Pantone’s Color of The Year



Let’s talk color of the year, shall we?  Every year color giant Pantone selects one magical color as the ‘it’ color.  Then suddenly this color seems to permeate every ounce of your visual experience in the market place.  This year Radiant Orchid has been knighted by Pantone as the color of 2014.


Moment of truth? Purple can be quite polarizing.  This is a love it or leave color.  I don’t think anyone has an indifferent attitude when it comes to purple.  I happen to be generally in the “leave it” camp.  However, this is where the fun comes in.  Although I am a strong believer that announcements like this are to be taken as suggestions and not  mandates (which is my feeling on trends in general, but that is a discussion for another day), it is an opportunity to explore new fresh ideas about color palettes.  After all, color is meant to be fun! Let’s play with some ways you can incorporate purple of all shades into your space.





1. Ease In

Experiment with a new color in your space just as you would on your person – in small doses.  Just as you might test the waters of a new color with a shoe, belt or scarf, the same goes for your space.  Put your toe in with a throw pillow, table runner or vase. Think about things that are easily interchangeable (and returnable) so your feel free to experiment with purples.


2. Frame It Up



Give purple a test drive in your space with art.  You can find some really great, inexpensive art prints on Etsy, and sites like Joss and Main and One King’s Lane. Replace one or two pieces in a gallery wall for a little purple pop or frame up pieces of pretty wallpaper or decorative paper.


3. New Neutral


Radiant orchid is quite bold (which is never a problem in my book).  I think what is actually going to play out in the market will be softer, like the purples that were all over the runways for Spring.  I am drawn to using this color as inspiration to expand our perception of what is neutral.  This variation of a sophisticated hint of purple is an excellent foundation for a wonderfully layered neutral space. This is a great option, as it works with either tan or gray – or better yet, with both! Bonus: The calming effect purple typically creates in a space.


4. Fits Right In


If we stay on the track of this calmer, more sophisticated version of purple, this will fit right into all those current looks we are loving right now.  Mix soft purple accents right in with all the gold and soft pinks I know you love.  Purple agate coasters will fit right in on your bar cart!


5. Modern Pairings


Playing with a color outside of your comfort zone can be challenging.  Think outside the expected and pull the color into your personal color sensibility.  You don’t have to keep it purple and green or purple and pink to create a look that works.  This palette works in purple, while staying modern.


Visit Khristian’s website or connect with her on Pinterest for more tips on choosing and using color.

Nicole Balch

Get the Look: Dazzling Blue

TREND: Dazzling Blue, the next big Pantone color for spring

Get ready to see a whole lot of blue. “Dazzling Blue”, to be exact. According to Pantone, the color experts, the hue will be popping up pretty heavily in women’s fashion for spring. Why limit it to the wardrobe though? The living room above uses the color spectacularly, using the contrast of bright yellow to further pop the intensity of that blue.

You can get a similar look with the items below.

  1. Navy Bodega Fabric, Tonic Living
  2. Toulon Chair, Ballard Designs (painted and reupholstered in Photoshop)
  3. Indigo Links Fabric, Tonic Living
  4. Caribbean Sea Paint, Glidden
  5. Haeger Potteries Saffron Lamp, LampsPlus
  6. Disc Embroidered Pillow, CB2
  7. Spot Mustard Night Table, Crate & Barrel
  8. Ring Around the Blue Ribbon Rug, The Land of Nod
  9. Yellow Hive Vase, West Elm
  10. Recycled Glass Jugs, West Elm


– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely